Predicting the weather and the game
In The Loop
Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:05 PM
How many of you went out grocery shopping on Sunday to prepare for the big snow we were going to get Monday into Tuesday?
I didn’t. Knowing that I would still have to get out and go to work regardless, I would have to drive right by the grocery store anyway so that wasn’t an issue for me.
I did, however, have a nice big feature photo planned for the front page of Wednesday’s newspaper of children enjoying the snow on what I expected to be a cancelled day of school.
As it reached noon and there was still no snow on Monday and then as it got to be later in the day and I started hearing that we were only going to get maybe half an inch of snow, I had to throw my plan out the window.
I wonder how many meteorologists are told they should seek a new career after a big weather system misses us like that.
I’ve been told from a reader or two I should consider a different career over mistakes I’ve made, but my mistakes haven’t sent people out grocery shopping for a week’s worth of food when in fact nothing ended up happening.
Yet, the meteorologist, who led us to believe that we might not be able to get to the store due to the five inches of snow we were going to get and we prepared for it, he or she still has his/her job the next day.
I guess that’s why they say you can’t predict the weather, but it leads to the question, why then do we have a career option that is based on exactly that - predicting the weather?
There are so many things like that that we can’t control yet we spend so much time thinking about it, stressing out about it or thinking of all the different ways something could end when in reality, what we do isn’t going to have any impact on what happens.
We can control, however, the way we react to something.
Life is about as predictable as the weather. We have no idea if what we plan is going to happen the next day and we have no idea when out of the blue, something that wasn’t even on our radar is going to happen.
We can practice, practice, practice and then when it comes to the final seconds of a basketball game, we can forget the score, foul an 86 percent free throw shooter and lose the lead preventing us from moving on in the basketball tournament.(I’m referencing the Vanderbilt vs. Northwestern game from Thursday night.)
You really just never know what is going to happen.
So as we enter into night two of March Madness (this column will already be printed before I know the final score of Kentucky’s game tonight), this column is to say all these teams have prepared as much as they can. Kentucky is as ready as they can be, but who knows how such a young team will do in the heat of March Madness.
I’m as prepared as I can be, I have my lucky shirt and watch on, but we just got a new couch at our house and my superstitious mind is wondering how that will affect the team.
I’m trying not to worry about it too much because it is out of my control, but clearly from this column you can see where my mind is today.
Go Big Blue!